Two Autumn Street Shots & Mulled Wine Thoughts
Summer wanes and Autumn kicks in with a chill, but my street photography goes on.
Mentally preparing myself for the onset of cold days, cloudy weather, and rain is a goal this year. I don’t want to be caught off guard by “bad weather”, and let my mojo sink into the floor.
Over the years, I’ve developed a good attitude towards what street photography is, and what it is not.
It’s first and foremost, photography in the streets, normally a city. That’s it.
Street photography isn’t defined by a tightly niched genre of ideas that cause a photographer to become uptight about what to shoot on the street.
I’ve read people saying, “it must be a street portrait”, or “it has to have close-ups of faces in the photo”, and so on. Well, if they think they can make up what it is, and expect others to follow suit, they can tangle themselves into a mess on the grid of the rule of thirds, and carry on in their own world.
Photography is about looking. Learning to see.
We observe the world from our own point of view and do our best to use the camera as a tool that will help us to capture a moment of life, or absence of life on the street. Something that we personally feel is important.
It might also turn out to be important to other people who view the photo. It could bring a little joy, or create a wow moment that causes a person to think about something more important than their bread and butter working life.
Street photographers seek. They look and hunt along the city streets in hope of encountering a moment that lights up their thoughts. Then they do their best to capture the moment and keep it, share it with others, or just put it into a file as a trophy shot.
I don’t want winter weather to force the doors on street photography to close for a holiday.
The challenge is always to find something interesting. In summer the light is the primary interest for a street photographer.